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Catching a cold in Vienna

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An April 2002 trip to Vienna by Boomsie

Hilton Vienna Plaza Photo, Vienna, Austria More Photos
Quote: Unfortunately, I caught a cold in Vienna on the 3rd day of our trip. Not a good way to start a vacation. The weather was cool outside and our hotel was hot, hot, hot inside. But that didn't stop us having fun.

Catching a cold in Vienna

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Best thing to do in the Spring is go to an opera or ballet in the Vienna State Opera House. Don't worry about not speaking the language...there are small LCD displays in front of each seat in the language of your choice for you to follow along. It made the opera much more enjoyable for me.Quick Tips: Do get a Vienna Card if you're there for 3 days. Even for 2 days, it's a bargain if you're travelling on the trains, trams and busses a lot. The cost is 15.25 Euros. We got ours at a ticket office at the U-Bahn station. If you're saving cash, you can charge the cards to your credit card (with a 3% fee thrown in by your credit card company for foreign exchange). With the card, you get a cou...Read More

Hilton Vienna Plaza

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Hotel | "Vienna Hilton am Stadtpark"

Hilton Vienna Plaza Photo, Vienna, Austria
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We stayed here for one night in April, 2001. The room was hot and stuffy and the air conditioner put no air into the room. This year it was the same. We stayed on a 3-night Hilton HHonors award and were given another hot and stuffy room. We went back to the front desk and asked for a better room that wasn't hot and stuffy. As the hotel was almost full that night, we were given the option of upgrading to the Executive Level for 50 Euros per night extra. As the room was "free", we decided this would be our best bet. Our new room was the same size, but furnished better and...it was hot and stuffy. After the flight Vienna via London and LAX, we were dog tired. My husband went to the Executive...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

Hilton Vienna Plaza
SCHOTTENRING 11
Vienna, Austria
4301313900

Terminal Pub

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Restaurant

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None of the restaurants in the Vienna Hilton appealed to us except for the Terminal Pub. We wanted a good beer and some plain, but tasty food. That is exactly what we got. We ate there the first night in Vienna and had two lunches during our 3-day stay. It's called the Terminal Pub because the bus terminal for the airport busses is just outside. Not your usual bus terminal...mostly travellers making their way to and from Schwechat airport. The beer is excellent. Get the Goesser, which is brewed in Steiermark. The first night we had great mushroom soup and wienerschnitzel. For lunch one day we had club sandwiches with the best french fries you ever ate. Another day at lunch we h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

Terminal Pub
Ground Floor of Vienna Hilton
Vienna, Austria

La Scala

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Restaurant

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I described the food as French, but really it's world cuisine. There were bits of many cuisines on the menu. It isn't a budget restaurant, but it is worth it for a grand night out on the town. The chef here is Werner Matt, who is famous in Vienna---and deservedly so, as our meals were outstandingly good. The restaurant, which has a very romantic ambience, is located inside the Hilton Vienna Plaza hotel. We ordered the special appetizer, which was a sort of Chinese-Thai wrap with cabbage, chicken and mango-ginger coulis. Very attractively presented and yummy. I ordered the famous Veloute vom Sellerieknollen, which is a sort of celery soup served in a gigantic heart of cele...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

La Scala
Schottenring 11
Vienna, Austria
390-22700

Rote Bar at Hotel Sacher

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Restaurant | "The Red Bar, Hotel Sacher"

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We decided on this restaurant because it was directly across the street from the Staats Oper. We also chose the Rote Bar because it wasn't as shi-shi as the Sacher's very fine dining restaurant, Anna Sacher. We were not disappointed in our choice. The restaurant seems a bit small, and is very red. We had a nice table near the piano, which was played softly and beautifully. This pianist was actually better than the one at La Scala, where we had been the night before. We both ordered the Tafelspitz, which is a kind of roast beefy type of dish with potatoes, apple-horseradish sauce. This dish was so well-prepared and delicious that I ate every morsel. We ordered a bottle of Austrian red wine, who...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

Rote Bar at Hotel Sacher
Philharmonikerstrasse 4
Vienna, Austria
+43 (0)1-51 456 841

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum

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Attraction

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum Photo, Vienna, Austria
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First of all, this wonderful museum is a bit hard to find even with a good map. Take any public transport to Südbahnhof (South Train Station). From there, exit onto the street and look right to find Arsenal Strasse. Go right along Arsenal Strasse and follow it for about 5-10 minutes, depending on how fast you walk, then turn left at Ghegastrasse. Keep walking...you'll see the museum, but can't figure out how to get to it. Some of the buildings, called Objekts, look like private apartments. They are. When you get to about Objekt 8, go through there and walk behind them and you'll be able to find your way easily to the museum. Very interesting museum with lots of military history. The assa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

Heeresgeschichtliches Museum
Arsenal, Objekt 18
Vienna, Austria 1030
+43 1 795 61 0

Staatsoper

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Attraction | "Vienna State Opera"

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To make this trip to Vienna special, we decided to see an Opera. What a nice surprise to find Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) would be playing while we were there. I ordered the tickets by phone one month before the performance and we got 3rd row orchestra seats. Cost per ticket was 178 Euros. I assumed the performance would be a traditional one. I was wrong. We arrived 30 minutes early to pick up our tickets at the box office. Those with preordered tickets in one line--simply give the man your name and you get the tickets. Didn't need the confirmation number they told me to bring. The other line was for people buying tickets. Above the ticket window was a chart giving info on a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

Staatsoper
Opernring 2
Vienna, Austria A-1010
+43 1 514 44 2969

Belvedere Palace (Oberes Belvedere)

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Attraction | "Belvedere Palace"

Belvedere Palace (Oberes Belvedere) Photo, Vienna, Austria
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We went to Belvedere mainly to visit the Õsterreiches Galerie. We have always enjoyed the paintings of Gustav Klimt, but hadn't yet seen any in person. It was a drizzly day and we took the U-Bahn to Südbahnhof. Walk across the street in front of the station and along Prinz-Eugen-Strasse on the right. The entrance to the Galerie is about a 10-minute walk from the station. We got there at 10:00 a.m., when it opened. There are numerous galleries, some with modern paintings, most with 19th and 20th Century art, but the main attraction for me was the Jugendstil exhibit. The famous Klimt painting, The Kiss, is absolutely beautiful in person. I had bought a Klimt calendar years ago and had some of th...Read More

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Belvedere Palace (Oberes Belvedere)
Prinz-eugen-strasse 27
Vienna, Austria A-1030
43 01 79 55 7 0

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As everyone knows, effective January 1, 2002 Euros were the new currency in Austria. Citizens were given until March 1 to exchange all of their Schillings for Euros at any bank. Upon checking with several people, we found that after March 1 the only place in Vienna where you can exchange your Schillings for Euros is at the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, Garnisongasse 15, A-1090 Vienna. We travel to Austria every year or two, so we had a stash of about 6,000 Schillings. It was worth our while to bother with the exchange. Arriving at 10:30 a.m. we found a line of 30 or so people ahead of us. It took about 40 minutes to make our way to the front of the line, as there were people exchanging coins as...Read More

A visit to the Apotheke

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As the title says, I caught a cold in Vienna due to the heat in the hotel and the cold outside. There was a pharmacy (Apotheke) down the street from our hotel, and I stopped in to get something to relieve the symptoms. In German class I we were never taught phrases such as "Do you have anything that will dry my runny nose?" Anyone who has been to an Apotheke knows that most items are not on the shelf for you to browse through, as in drug stores here. You have to explain what you want and hope the person behind the counter understands. Not only that, but generally there are people in other lines, or people behind you that get to listen to your problems. I'd hate to have a hemmoroid problem there-...Read More
Music Mile Photo, Vienna, Austria
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This is called the Musik Meile--the music mile. According to the City of Vienna's website (http://info.wien.at/index_e.html), it "was established to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Theater an der Wien - the venue for the world premieres of Beethoven's "Fidelio" and Lehár's "The Merry Widow". I happened to notice the stars on the pavement as we were walking through the pedestrian zone around Stefansdom. Later in the day, we noticed some stars in the pavement in the U-Bahn station near the Opera House. For more information on the walk and to take an interactive tour (in German) you can log on to http://www.musikmeile.at/start.php. I wish I had known more about this when we were in Vienna a...Read More
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I found the offer on Igougo.com for a 10% discount when renting from Auto Europe by clicking through from the Igougo website. After checking many other car companies, the Auto Europe deal was the best I found. The other good deal was that Auto Europe was one of the few who would let me pick up the car in Austria and drop it off in Switzerland. The $180 drop off fee was well worth the convenience and time it saved us. The drop off fees for a couple of the large national companies were much higher. A word about getting to the downtown office to pick up the car. The address is at 202 Erdbergstrasse in Vienna. We took the U3 subway to Erdberg station. That was the easy part. When coming out from ...Read More